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The Leopold Center is a research and education center on the campus of Iowa State University created to identify and reduce negative environmental and social impacts of farming and develop new ways to farm profitably while conserving natural resources. The Center's work is focused in these initiatives - ecological systems research, marketing and food systems research, policy research and cross-cutting research that bridges all areas (water, energy, soil and alternative farming systems).
Fresh-from-the-field food and the fun of shopping at a farmers market – not to mention hot, buttered ears of sweet corn – are great reasons for eating local. But the trend toward local food is more than that. The Leopold Center has four new videos about the importance of local food – for Iowa communities and the farmers who grow it, for our children, for young people interested in agriculture and for the health of our landscape. “Why Local? Why Now?” explores some of the reasons behind investment in regional and local food systems. The videos highlight support from the Leopold Center and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, as well as many partners and organizations throughout the state. Find these videos on the Leopold Center’s new YouTube channel. Or watch them on the Leopold Center website. News release [Photo by Jerry DeWitt]